History of Southside


In August 2003, the Nance family moved from West Virginia to Tampa to start a church in South Tampa under the ministry of West Gate Baptist Church. With the blessing and help of West Gate and Pastor Bruce Turner, Southside Baptist Church was organized on November 23, 2003. On that special day, 19 baptized believers organized the Southside Baptist Church with Kerry Nance as their pastor. The Lord has raised up this church to be a lighthouse for our city. The church is an Independent Baptist church grounded solidly on the doctrines of God’s Word. For more information on our doctrinal beliefs, please read our “Purpose and Beliefs”.

Since that special day of the church’s organization, the church has grown both spiritually and numerically. Through the sound, Biblical preaching and teaching ministry of Pastor Nance, the church has faithfully reached out to the community to see the salvation of many souls as well as establish a godly environment of growth and love in the church. The people are energetic and excited about the Lord’s work and are always welcoming to new visitors around the church. Currently, Southside Baptist is preparing to construct a new sanctuary building on campus to host and welcome more of the community in for worship and Christian education services and ministries. Our desire is to continue to influence the community and the world through outreach, Christian love and spiritual growth. While our history has been very special, we are very excited about all that the Lord has in store for us in the future.

Located in South Tampa just off of Dale Mabry on West Bay Ave., our church is easily accessible from anywhere in the Tampa Bay area. We would be honored to have you and your family to be a part of our services! Please join us for worship any times our doors are open.